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Ambiguous Violin Player

Ambiguous Violin Player

Japanese artist Shigeo Fukuda is the most prolific and versatile of all the illusion artists. Fukuda’s sculptures and installments were some of the most important additions to our optical illusions site. It is worth mentioning that his artistic opus is more than incredible, and that his works are displayed all over the world. Still, Shigeo is most known in Japan, where most of his work is on display.

He has created illusionistic art (two-dimensional and three-dimensional) in all manner of categories: impossible objects, ambiguous sculptures, distorted projections, anamorphic art, etc. Additionally, he is the author of three Japanese books on optical illusions.

Ambiguous Piano Player

Ambiguous Piano Player

Now that we have covered some background on Shigeo Fukuda, we may proceed with his installment that deserved today’s spotlight. Title of this ambiguous sculpture is “Encore”. I have included all three photos of this incredible sculpture,  each one being taken from slightly different angle. If you observe the first photo (same one that appeared inside your widget), you will see a perfect profile of a violinist playing a violin. Now, looking at the second photo on your right, you may think its impossible this is the very same sculpture pictured in the first photo. Well,  I can assure you, it is.

Encore by Shigeo Fukuda

Encore by Shigeo Fukuda

What we are seeing as a result, a representation of a pianist and violinist in the same sculpture when viewed from two vantage points.

“Encore” truly reveals the importance of a vantage point. Further, this sculpture utilizes “visual” vantage points – where understanding can only be accomplished visually. Such works of art make evident how orientation and position can work together to produce more than amazing results. The latter photographs illustrate, in tangible form, the many faces a 3-dimensional work of art may have.

As you have witnessed, this sculpture makes the most of the human visual system, making the surreal exist before our very eyes. Below you may see a gallery with few more photos, taken at on the different location Enjoy!

Gallery for Shigeo Fukuda’s “Enecore”

  • Beth

    very cool!

  • Nebbit

    wow, that pretty cool. Love the widget btw!

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  • Psychadelic Steve

    What does it look like from above; the third spatial dimension?

    Wasn’t there a book EBG – Eternal Golden Braid – Escher Bach Godel – where the motif was the three letters, each viewed from a different axis on one sculpture.

    Author Douglas R. Hofstadter.

  • Rich Wightman

    pretty cool

  • Detective Kitty

    this optical illusion is by-far one of the btter ones. And must have taken some thinking before creating the sculpture…I did not beleive at all that they were of the same sculpture but seeing them in the third picture explained everything…Amazing illusion that diserves a round of applaude.

  • Sam

    Unbelievable. I couldn’t imagine it was the same sculpture even after reading the description and looking at the photographs.
    I guess the low quality of the photographs is also an issue. They are way too grainy. Please post higher resolution snaps if you can.
    Great post. Thanks!

    - Sam

  • Crystal

    Wow ;D!
    That’s pretty cool xD

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maryam-Mahdifar/676470083 Maryam Mahdifar

    its perfect!

  • Maja

    Hi Vurdlak,
    i haven’t visited for some time and now i can see so many good changes – nice, clean & professional adds on the right, possibility to rate illusions and move to the next posted picture easily.
    I think it looks great.
    Regarding the illusion i am just speachless, i’m not able to comprehend how it is possible to see 2 completely different musicians and i really studies the third picrute carefully. I am amazed – again.
    Thank you and well done.

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  • supercyberollie

    funky…. the piano looks more like a piano

  • Care Bear

    Fascinating. And the musical motif makes it all the more attractive to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Wicked illusion!!

  • http://www.designplus.co.za Jessy Interior Decorating

    Wow that is so cool and amazing one would never guess, an amazing illusion indeed. :)

  • Dolphin

    Wow,quite amazing if think about it!Just imagine,spending hours cutting the paper just right,then if you made a tear,you have to start over again!That just makes it more amazing.

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  • Jay Dobson

    Wow! Does anyone know where I can purchase an “Encore” model from?